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Missing Phelps Man Returned Home

Wisconsin Crime Alert Network

 Update 6/7/21 7:50 a.m.: The Vilas County Sheriff's Office said Fred Murphy has returned home. 

Original Post: An 89-year-old northern Wisconsin man believed to have dementia is missing.

Fred James Murphy was last seen Sunday in Phelps with his chocolate lab.

He left his home to pick up pizza for dinner in Iron River, Michigan and never came back.

He was traveling in a blue truck – a 2018 F150 with license plate number 192851.

Murphy is a white man with a gray beard, and was last seen wearing black, white and gray camo pants and a black t-shirt.

If you see him, contact the Vilas County Sheriff’s Office at 715-479-4441.

Erin Gottsacker worked at WXPR as a Morning Edition host and reporter from December 2020 to January 2023. During her time at the station, Erin reported on the issues that matter most in the Northwoods.